Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
Investigation of travel agent (~System) Task-related utterances reveals intonational contours where focal accents occur on information given previously in the dialogue by the client (~User). The accentuation can be related to the interactive nature of dialogue where the information holder picks up on a Task-related topic introduced by the client and comments on it in an engaged manner.
Keywords: prosody, accentuation, information structure, dialogue, speech synthesis, Given-New
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Bibliographic reference. Horne, Merle / Hansson, Petra / Bruce, Gösta / Frid, Johan (1999): "Prosodic correlates of information structure in Swedish human-human dialogues", In EUROSPEECH'99, 29-32.